What Worked– shifting much of the learning management from the instructor to the students.
The instructor’s grading and assessment strategies are significant because they provide a relational prompt for students regarding progress throughout the course.
1. Rubrics are excellent grading tools. Rubrics can help cut down on grading time while ensuring more objective grading practices. Types of rubrics include: Persuasive and/or compare/contrast essay; critical thinking; debate.
2. Simpler grading rubrics translate into less work for the instructor; easier student comprehension.
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1. Criteria sheets are another form of grading. Criteria sheets cover the basics such as the essential elements of the assignment with weights or values assigned to those elements.
Tips for Minimizing Grading Time
1. Peer evaluation: ask students to grade two-three students using a rubric or criteria sheet.
2. Grade only part of the assignment in depth and suggest for each constructive piece of feedback, to ‘check rest of document’ for that occurrence.
3. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Read through the student paper, making marginal comments and thinking about how it meets assignment criteria; when the timer goes off, quickly right an end comment.
4. Correct only the first instance of a grammar error.
5. Provide audio feedback using voice recording software.
6. Use phased approach for turning in research papers: proposal, partial draft Software to Facilitate Grading.
The following software products enable instructors to create macros for frequently-used comments:
1. Mac-based Products: Pasteboard Pro; Typeinator, Apple Pages.
2. PC-based products: TypeitIn, GradeEaze, Grademark, EasyGradePro.
3. Open source applications: http://www.classroomgradebook.com ; http://www.gradeway.com/gwts.aspx